About a week ago, I found myself lost in a sea of yellow -- my favorite color. I also found myself a year older, which made me happy. I actually really enjoy birthdays and growing older and celebrating the time that has passed and dreaming about the time to come. Though, the older I get, the less I need to celebrate in extravagant ways. Last year, I travelled to San Diego to visit some dear friends, but this year I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to be surrounded by color and nature and life and love.
So, Erik and I skipped down to Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. I heard about it last year while living in Portland, though, it had already ended by that time. I added it to my list (I have many) and waited impatiently. And naturally, I scoured the internet for pictures of the festival because that's what you do when you hear about a cool place. And you can see, it did not disappoint.
Seattle actually has a similar festival I thought about taking us to called Skagit Tulip Fest. However, upon a daily Instagram peek, I noticed the City of Portland had posted a picture from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, one that had hot air balloons. There was so much color and magic and happy I thought my phone might explode. I decided, yes, we will go, and it will be wonderful.
Growing up, one of my favorite movies was The Wizard of Oz. I know, pretty peculiar. And in it, the scene I loved the most was when Dorothy was running through the field of toxic poppies. I know, it's kind of a creepy scene, but I loved that the field stretched on and on and on and was so dense with flowers. I had never seen anything like that in real life. It seemed so magical. And it was magical and very surreal IRL. Erik and I took a million pictures, which you can enjoy below.